The game companies must have assumed that (almost) everyone would still be knee-deep in Destiny this week, so they decided to hold off on any especially huge console releases for now. Or they’re just doing what they do every year, and planning to release absolutely everything within a three week span later in the fall. We’ll see.
Rebooting/reincarnating/reinventing classic PC franchises seems to be all the rage this year, and that phenomenon continues this week with the releases of Wasteland 2 (PC/Mac/Linux). Even though the Fallout series was considered to be the spiritual successor of the original game, Wasteland 2 is technically the first direct sequel to the 1988 classic, often cited as the first sci-fi RPG based in a post-apocalyptic setting. The game is definitely in the right hands, as developer inXile Entertainment also helmed the terrific 2004 reboot of The Bard’s Tale and was formed by was formed by Brian Fargo, who worked on both the original Wasteland and Fallout with Interplay.
Rift was one of the better-reviewed and most successful new MMORPG’s released in the last few years, and even though the game is still going strong, publisher Trion Worlds has decided it wants another title in that space. Enter ArcheAge (PC), developed by former members of the Lineage team. The developers have described the game as “sandpark,” meaning it combines elements of open-world sandbox games with theme park-style games. Whatever that means.
The surprisingly long-running – and surprisingly good – Naruto: Ultimate Ninja game series continues this week with its latest installment, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution (X360/PS3/PC), featuring the gorgeous animation and fluid action that has kept the franchise going for nearly a decade now.
Speaking of surprising, not only did the rather niche Theatrythm Final Fantasy actually come to the U.S., but so is its sequel, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call (3DS). Like its predecessor, it is a rhythm game featuring music from the Final Fantasy franchise, with this installment naturally including tunes from newer games like Lightning Returns and Final Fantasu XIV. With over 200 songs and 60 playable characters, these games definitely feature a lot more content than your average rhythm game and are definitely worth checking out, even if you are only a casual FF fan but love music games (or vice versa).
Also releasing this week:
Flockers (Xbone/PC), Puzzle
Tropico 5 (Mac/Linux), Strategy
Anomaly 2 (PS4), Strategy
Fairy Fencer F (PS3), Role-playing
Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appetit! (3DS), Simulation
Endless Legend (PC), Strategy
Elminage Gothic: Ritual of Darkness and Ulm Zakir (PC), Role-playing
Run Like Hell! (Vita), Action
Murasaki Baby (Vita), Action